International Entertainment Law

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Because entertainment is one of America's most vital and important industries, the legal implications of the international aspects of the business are of vital importance. This is the first casebook to deal with international entertainment law, focusing on cross-border transactions and disputes. It tracks the development of most entertainment projects—from the initial acquisition of necessary legal rights, to the ultimate exhibition, performance, or sale of entertainment. International Entertainment Law is an essential resource for those who represent, or hope to represent, individual entertainers or entertainment companies in international litigation, dealmaking, or multinational public policy.

Weaving together a wide variety of materials—including cases, statutes, treaties, government reports, articles, and original pieces prepared just for this volume—Sobel and Biederman provide indispensable legal information on a broad range of issues. Topics covered include intellectual property, labor relations, taxation, finance, international trade, domestic content requirements, and censorship. Information is drawn from worldwide sources including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the European Union, the World Trade Organization, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Professors, students, and practitioners of entertainment law will benefit from the wealth of information on the international aspects of this exciting field of legal study and practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275976163
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2003
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

LIONEL S. SOBEL is Distinguished Scholar at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California. He is also Editor of Entertainment Law Reporter.

DONALD E. BIEDERMAN is Professor of Law and Director of the National Entertainment and Media Law Institute at Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Acquisition of Rights 7
1.1 Celebrity Names and Likenesses 7
1.2 Personal Reputations 50
1.3 Titles and Company Names 58
1.4 Literary, Dramatic, Musical and Artistic Works 66
Ch. 2 Employment of Talent 139
2.1 Immigration 139
2.2 Talent Guild Jurisdiction 186
2.3 Taxation of Foreign Performers 219
Ch. 3 Finance 241
3.1 Pre-Sale Financing 242
3.2 Government Incentive Financing 272
3.3 Co-Production Financing 284
Ch. 4 Production 297
Ch. 5 Distribution 299
5.1 Copyright Barriers to International Distribution 300
5.2 Trade Law Barriers to International Distribution 319
Ch. 6 Performance, Exhibition, and Sale 335
6.1 Domestic Content Requirements 335
6.2 Government Regulation of Offensive Content 361
6.3 Performance, Reproduction, Transmission and Sale 368
Table of Cases and Other Materials 405
Index 409
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2003

    I¿m sure this book will be one of the most valuable entertainment law books ever written, but¿¿¿.

    How come they keep postponing the release date? Wasn¿t it supposed to be ready for December of last year? Come on, please, for Christ sake, unleash the wrath of knowledge; I need to feed my brain with this book, now!!!!!

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